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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621916/construction-of-anterior-hemi-corneal-equivalents-using-nontransfected-human-corneal-cells-and-transplantation-in-dog-models
#1
Bin Xu, Zhan Song, Tingjun Fan
Tissue-engineered human anterior hemi-cornea (TE-aHC) is a promising equivalent for treating anterior lamellar keratopathy to surmount the severe shortage of donated corneas. This study was intended to construct a functional TE-aHC with nontransfected human corneal stromal (ntHCS) and epithelial (ntHCEP) cells using acellular porcine corneal stromata (aPCS) as a carrier scaffold, and evaluate its biological functions in a dog model. To construct a TE-aHC, ntHCS cells were injected into an aPCS scaffold and cultured for 3 days; then, ntHCEP cells were inoculated onto the Bowman's membrane of the scaffold and cultured for 5 days under air-liquid interface condition...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621912/use-of-estradiol-promotes-graft-bone-healing-in-rabbit-model-of-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-with-a-polyethylene-terephthalate-ligament
#2
Fang Chai, Fang Wan, Jia Jiang, Siheng Wang, Shiyi Chen
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the local use of estradiol after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) artificial ligament graft could promote graft-bone healing. A total of 45 New Zealand white rabbits underwent ACL reconstruction with a PET ligament graft. The experimental groups were administered a local estradiol injection at either a low dose after surgery or a high dose after surgery, and the control group did not receive an injection...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621889/enhanced-skin-regeneration-by-herbal-extract-coated-poly-l-lactic-acid-nanofibrous-scaffold
#3
Aytak Jouybar, Ehsan Seyedjafari, Abdolreza Ardeshirylajimi, Ali Zandi-Karimi, Nikta Feizi, Mohammad-Mehdi Khani, Iraj Pousti
The wound healing process is directly related to the type of treatment. Existing methods of treatment are not responsive enough for severe wounds. The aim of this study was the potential capacity investigation of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) nanofibrous scaffolds coated by aloe vera gel for wound dressing applications. In this study, electrospinning method was used for preparing PLLA nanofibers, and after characterization by SEM and MTT, its influence on the wound healing process was investigated with and without aloe vera gel as a wound dressing in full-thickness skin defect in mice...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621882/exercise-capacity-and-functional-performance-in-heart-failure-patients-supported-by-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-at-discharge-from-inpatient-rehabilitation
#4
Thomas Schmidt, Birna Bjarnason-Wehrens, Petra Bartsch, Ezin Deniz, Jan Schmitto, Sebastian Schulte-Eistrup, Detlev Willemsen, Nils Reiss
Adequate physical and functional performance is an important prerequisite for renewed participation and integration in self-determined private and (where appropriate) professional lives following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. During cardiac rehabilitation (CR), individually adapted exercise programs aim to increase exercise capacity and functional performance. A retrospective analysis of cardiopulmonary exercise capacity and functional performance in LVAD patients at discharge from a cardiac rehabilitation program was conducted...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621839/evaluation-of-hemodynamic-performance-of-a-combined-ecls-and-crrt-circuit-in-seven-positions-with-a-simulated-neonatal-patient
#5
Elizabeth Profeta, Kaitlyn Shank, Shigang Wang, Christian O'Connor, Allen R Kunselman, Karl Woitas, John L Myers, Akif Ündar
As it is common for patients treated with extracorporeal life support (ECLS) to subsequently require continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), and neonatal patients encounter limitations due to lack of access points, inclusion of CRRT in the ECLS circuit could provide advanced treatment for this population. The objective of this study was to evaluate an alternative neonatal ECLS circuit containing either a Maquet RotaFlow centrifugal pump or Maquet HL20 roller pump with one of seven configurations of CRRT using the Prismaflex 2000 System...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621838/the-effect-of-compliant-inflow-cannulae-on-the-hemocompatibility-of-rotary-blood-pump-circuits-in-an-in-vitro-model
#6
Jo P Pauls, Deepika Nandakumar, Jarod Horobin, Justin D Prendeville, Michael J Simmonds, John F Fraser, Geoff Tansley, Shaun D Gregory
Rotary blood pumps (RBPs) are used for mechanical circulatory support in heart failure patients but exhibit a reduced response to preload changes, which can lead to ventricular suction events. A passive control system, in the form of a compliant inflow cannula (IC), has been developed to mitigate suction, although this device may cause significant hemolysis. This study compared the incidence of mechanically induced hemolysis of two compliant IC designs (strutted and nonstrutted) with a rigid IC (control) in a blood circulation loop over 90 min...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621831/a-new-rat-model-of-seizures-suitable-for-screening-antiepileptic-electrical-stimulation-therapies
#7
Cristian Sevcencu, Jianhang Jiao, Kristian Rauhe Harreby, Winnie Jensen
The antiepileptic effects of the electrical stimulation therapies developed for patients with intractable epilepsies depend critically on the stimulation parameters, including the pulse duration, current, and frequency. Consequently, optimization of such therapies requires many animals for testing each of the stimulation parameters alone or in combination, which is costly and time consuming. This drawback could be reduced by testing several stimulation paradigms in each animal, but this requires an animal model of long-lasting seizures allowing such repetitive tests...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621816/control-of-a-pediatric-pulsatile-ventricular-assist-device-a-hybrid-cardiovascular-model-study
#8
Gianfranco Ferrari, Arianna Di Molfetta, Krzysztof Zieliński, Libera Fresiello, Krystyna Górczyńska, Krzysztof Jakub Pałko, Marek Darowski, Antonio Amodeo, Maciej Kozarski
The aim of this work is to study pediatric pneumatic ventricle (PVAD) performance, versus VAD rate (VADR) and native heart rate (HR) ratio Rr (VADR/HR). The study uses a hybrid model of the cardiovascular system (HCS). HCS consists of a computational part (a lumped parameter model including left and right ventricles, systemic and pulmonary arterial and venous circulation) interfaced to a physical part. This permits the connection of a VAD (15 mL PVAD). Echocardiographic and hemodynamic data of a pediatric patient (average weight 14...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621488/effects-of-intradialytic-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-on-strength-and-muscle-architecture-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-failure-randomized-clinical-trial
#9
Jociane Schardong, Thiago Dipp, Camila Bassani Bozzeto, Marília Godoy da Silva, Gabriela Leivas Baldissera, Raíssa de Castro Ribeiro, Bruna Pan Valdemarca, Alexandre Severo do Pinho, Graciele Sbruzzi, Rodrigo Della Méa Plentz
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on muscle strength and architecture, functional capacity, and endothelial function in patients with chronic kidney failure (CKF) on hemodialysis (HD). Twenty-one patients with CKF on HD were randomized into a control group (CG; n = 10) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation group (NMESG; n = 11) who received NMES in the quadriceps muscle for 8 weeks, 3 times/week (20-34 min) during HD sessions. The muscle strength of the lower limbs was evaluated by dynamometry and sit-and-stand test (SST); muscle architecture through ultrasonography; functional capacity by the distance covered in a 6-min walk test and the endothelial function by flow-mediated dilatation technique of the brachial artery...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621461/the-use-of-eptifibatide-alone-or-in-combination-with-heparin-or-argatroban-for-suspected-thrombosis-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-assist-devices
#10
Abbas Bitar, Rajakrishnan Vijayakrishnan, Andrew Lenneman, Emma Birks, Todd Massey, Mark Slaughter, Dmitry Abramov
Pump thrombosis and hemolysis in patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Intensification of anticoagulation has been suggested as potential therapy, with mixed results. The aim of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of adding eptifibatide with or without an anticoagulation agent in managing patients with LVAD presenting with hemolysis and suspected pump thrombosis. This retrospective single center study included all patients who presented with their first episode of suspected pump thrombosis and were treated with eptifibatide with or without an anticoagulant between March 1, 2011 and July 30, 2015...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597590/in-vitro-evaluation-of-pediatric-hollow-fiber-membrane-oxygenators-on-hemodynamic-performance-and-gaseous-microemboli-handling-an-international-multicenter-multidisciplinary-approach
#11
Shigang Wang, Luiz F Caneo, Marcelo B Jatene, Fábio B Jatene, Idagene A Cestari, Allen R Kunselman, Akif Ündar
The objective of this study was to compare the hemodynamic performances and gaseous microemboli (GME) handling ability of two pediatric oxygenators in a simulated pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) model and the importance of adding an arterial filter in the circuit. The circuit consisted of a Braile Infant oxygenator or a Maquet Quadrox-I Pediatric oxygenator without integrated arterial filter (parallel arrangement), 1/4 in. ID tubing A-V loop, and a 12-Fr arterial cannula, primed with lactated Ringer's solution and packed red blood cells...
June 8, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591486/computational-fluid-dynamic-analysis-of-the-hemodialysis-plastic-cannula
#12
David Fulker, Zakir Sayed, Anne Simmons, Tracie Barber
The jet of fluid returning to the patient through a hemodialysis venous needle has previously been reported as a potential source of endothelial damage which can lead to intimal hyperplasia (IH) in arteriovenous fistulae (AVF). Metal needles are the current standard practice for accessing the vascular system in hemodialysis. However, plastic cannulae have been used in Japan for 30 years. This study utilized computational fluid dynamics to analyze the hemodynamics of blood exiting a plastic cannula and determined the optimal placement and blood flow rate...
June 7, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591467/the-effect-of-impella-cp-on-cardiopulmonary-physiology-during-venoarterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
#13
Hoong Sern Lim
Left ventricle (LV) distension is a complication of venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) support. The effects of Impella on the pulmonary circulatory physiology were studied in a single-center study of six consecutive patients on VA-ECMO support who had LV unloading with Impella. Right ventricular stroke volume, pulmonary hemodynamics, and partial pressure of end-tidal CO2 (PETCO2 ) were measured on echocardiogram, pulmonary artery catheter, and capnography, respectively. The addition of Impella CP increased total blood flow and reduced pulmonary artery wedge pressure...
June 7, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589706/technical-performance-and-clinical-effectiveness-of-drop-type-with-adjustable-concentrator-cell-free-and-concentrated-ascites-reinfusion-therapy
#14
Yosuke Yamada, Makoto Harada, Akinori Yamaguchi, Yasuko Kobayashi, Takashi Chino, Takashi Minowa, Takashi Kosuge, Wataru Tsukada, Koji Hashimoto, Yuji Kamijo
Cell-free and concentrated ascites reinfusion therapy (CART) is a very useful treatment method for refractory ascites but is difficult for many hospitals to employ due to its need for specialized equipment. We have therefore developed drop-type with adjustable concentrator CART (DC-CART) that uses a drop-type filtration mechanism and requires only a simple pump and pressure monitor for its concentration process. Easy adjustment of ascites concentration is possible through a recirculation loop, and filter membrane washing is aided by DC-CART's external pressure-type filtration to enable the processing of any quality or quantity of ascites...
June 7, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589655/cannulation-related-complications-on-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-prevalence-and-effect-on-mortality
#15
Joshua K Wong, Amber L Melvin, Devang J Joshi, Candice Y Lee, William J Archibald, Ron E Angona, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Howard T Massey, George L Hicks, Peter A Knight
Cannulation-related complications are a known source of morbidity in patients supported on veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO). Despite its prevalence, little is known regarding the outcomes of patients who suffer such complications. This is a single institution review of cannulation-related complications and its effect on mortality in patients supported on VA-ECMO from January 2010-2015 using three cannulation strategies: axillary, femoral, and central. Complications were defined as advanced if they required major interventions (fasciotomy, amputation, site conversion)...
June 7, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569046/training-improves-vibrotactile-spatial-acuity-and-intensity-discrimination-on-the-lower-back-using-coin-motors
#16
H Christiaan Stronks, Janine Walker, Daniel J Parker, Nick Barnes
Tactile vision substitution devices are assistive technologies for the blind that redirect visual information to the tactile sense. They typically include a tactile display that conveys visual information to the skin. Two important parameters that determine the maximum information bandwidth of tactile displays are the spatial acuity of the skin, and the ability of the user to discriminate between stimulus intensities. These two parameters were investigated by determining the two-point discrimination (TPD) threshold and the just-noticeable intensity difference (JND) using coin motors on the lower back...
June 1, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28568475/factors-associated-with-functional-capacity-in-hemodialysis-patients
#17
Rodrigo Schinniger Assun Garcia, Leda Marília Fonseca Lucinda, Fábio Amaral Ramos, Gabriela de Souza Bueno, Gustavo Moreira Ribeiro de Oliveira, Lígia Sant'Ana Bonisson, Marco Antonio Silva, Thomaz Izola Zolli, Bruno Valle Pinheiro, Rogério Baumgratz de Paula, José Muniz Pazeli, Maycon Moura Reboredo
Hemodialysis patients have a marked decrease in functional capacity when compared to healthy individuals. We evaluated the factors associated with functional capacity in hemodialysis patients. A total of 102 hemodialysis patients were evaluated. The patients were submitted to a 6-min walk test, peripheral muscle strength tests, and an evaluation of quality of life, anxiety, and depression. The laboratory data were measured. The 6-min walk test distance correlated significantly with age, educational level, hemoglobin, creatinine, number of comorbidities, peripheral muscle strength, and some domains of SF-36 quality of life questionnaire and depression (P < 0...
June 1, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567858/optimization-of-interphase-intervals-to-enhance-the-evoked-muscular-responses-of-transcutaneous-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation
#18
Jose Luis Vargas Luna, Matthias Krenn, Winfried Mayr, Jorge Armando Cortés Ramírez
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a widely used technique for clinical diagnostic, treatment, and research. Normally, it applies charge-balanced biphasic pulses, which several publications have reported to be less efficient than monophasic pulses. A good alternative is the use of interphase intervals (IPI) on biphasic pulses that allows to achieve similar responses than those evoked by monophasic stimulation. This study analyzes the enhancing mechanism of the IPI and provides guidelines on how to optimize the IPI in order to reduce secondary effects such as the electrode corrosion...
June 1, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548696/the-roles-of-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-septic-acute-kidney-injury
#19
Takuya Ueno
Despite hundreds of clinical and basic studies that have led to a better mechanistic understanding of sepsis, the number of cases with sepsis in the United States is still rising. Sepsis is a common cause of acute kidney injury (AKI) and may explain long-term complications and mortality. In the current article, a new therapeutic concept using continuous renal replacement therapy to prevent and manage long-term sequelae in septic AKI is described.
May 26, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548693/hemodynamic-impact-of-the-c-pulse-cardiac-support-device-a-one-dimensional-arterial-model-study
#20
Daimé Campos Arias, Francisco Londono, Tania Rodríguez Moliner, Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Nikos Stergiopulos, Patrick Segers
The C-Pulse is a novel extra-aortic counter-pulsation device to unload the heart in patients with heart failure. Its impact on overall hemodynamics, however, is not fully understood. In this study, the function of the C-Pulse heart assist system is implemented in a one-dimensional (1-D) model of the arterial tree, and central and peripheral pressure and flow waveforms with the C-Pulse turned on and off were simulated. The results were studied using wave intensity analysis and compared with in vivo data measured non-invasively in three patients with heart failure and with invasive data measured in a large animal (pig)...
May 26, 2017: Artificial Organs
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